Pat Shurmur emerges as the potential successor to Ben McAdoo

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With Matt Patricia reportedly heading to the Lions, the Giants are down to two finalists, apparently, for their vacant head-coaching job.

They are, based on prior reports, Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur and Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.

The current thinking in league circles is that McDaniels will go to the Colts, if he goes anywhere other than New England. Really, why would the guy whose first order of business was to trade Jay Cutler away from the Broncos want to walk into a situation that will require an immediate decision about Eli Manning?

That leaves Shurmur as the favorite, unless there really is a mystery fourth candidate lurking in the weeds.

Shurmur previously served as head coach of the Browns for two seasons, generating a 9-23 record. (That 9-23 over two years is suddenly looking pretty good in Cleveland.) In New York, he’d quite possibly be saddled with Eli at least for a year, which could make it hard to get Case Keenum to come to town — much harder than if Shurmur would take the job in Arizona.

Regardless of where he ends up, Shurmur has earned a chance to coach his own team again. With the Giants, he’d have a receiver in Odell Beckham Jr. who can and will do on a regular basis the kind of thing Stefon Diggs did with the season on the line on Sunday.

19 responses to “Pat Shurmur emerges as the potential successor to Ben McAdoo

  1. “why would the guy whose first order of business was to trade Jay Cutler … walk into a situation that will require an immediate decision about Eli Manning?”

    Um, the city of New York and stable ownership versus Indianapolis and an owner that has a history of substance abuse. Gee, that’s a tough one.

  2. Shurmur is a laid back coach, he doesn’t want “me first” players like Beckham on his team. When Beckham doesn’t get the ball as much as he thinks he should, he cries. Shurmur doesn’t have that in Minnesota, all their players are team first guys. He would be better off going to Arizona where he could bring Keenum with him, and have class acts like Fitzgerald if he decides to come back.

  3. Pat Shurmur is a flatliner, very boring, dull and speaks in coaching cliches. I don’t know he will stand up to the media crush in new york.

  4. Mike, you make a great point about situation with Eli. And dealing with ODB in a culture that is star-friendly? McDaniels will be in Indy or Tennessee.

  5. It was not his “first order of business” to trade Jay Cutler away. Jay refused to play for him once he found out that he had asked the Pats about Matt Cassel’s availability.

    Turns out McDaniels was right all along.

  6. He did a fantastic job this year as Minnesota OC with a qb that had failed elsewhere, was third backup of backup and not in Vikings system until this year. That stated, HE WAS OC, not HC. In other words, he will be in uncharted territory and I feel more confidence hiring a guy who spend a decade under Bellicek as opposed to a guy who needed Norv Turner to be Norv Turner in order to get the gig.

  7. If Shurmur is smart, he doesn’t touch the NY job. Philly seems best suited to control that division for a few years with Dallas on their heels. NYG seems like a team in chaos with Beckham the ringleader. Old QB and no line, no RB…..no thanks.

  8. I still don’t believe McDaniels is HC material. He proved that in Denver, where his tenure was disastrous. I also don’t think Patricia’s 29th ranked defense is a huge calling card, but I think he has the personality to be a head coach leader. McDaniels may have learned something since his first try, but I remain unconvinced.

  9. Why is everyone so certain Keenum is going with him? So he wins against the Saints and wins all season and then gets paid elsewhere? No chance!

  10. There is some talent in NY, there are also a bunch of malcontent babies who were engaged in mutiny against their head coach.

    Of course ownership was clueless.

    Alot of their players, talented or not, need to go. Without them, they are a shell of a team in need of a complete rebuild, especially with Eli getting up there in years.

    I wouldn’t look for leadership from ownership either, they are past their prime and should hand it over to someone younger in the family.

    The Giants job is for someone begging to be fired in the not too distant future. Buyer beware.

  11. ARod(in his collarbone) says:
    January 15, 2018 at 10:03 am
    Shurmur is a laid back coach, he doesn’t want “me first” players like Beckham on his team.
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    LOL and you know this how? Any coach would take Beckham on their team in a heartbeat.

    Just because Minnesota has the marketing potential of a third-world country doesn’t mean every superstar player is “me first”.

  12. hardheadedrb says:
    January 15, 2018 at 11:06 am
    If Shurmur is smart, he doesn’t touch the NY job. Philly seems best suited to control that division for a few years with Dallas on their heels. NYG seems like a team in chaos with Beckham the ringleader. Old QB and no line, no RB…..no thanks.
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    LoL:
    Philly’s next SB win will be their first. Sure they have a Good team, but it’s the Eagles we are talking about.

    The GIANTS actually have two good RBs in Gallman and Darkwa, a good Young TE, and Good WRs. Yes Eli is close to done, but they also have the #2 Pick in the draft, with Four QBs that will be top 12 picks. So there will be a Long-Term answer at QB.

    The O-Line is not good, but O-Lines can be re-built in a single off-season, and that is one of Gettelman’s main tasks.

  13. Why would anyone want McDaniels?
    McDaniel’s wants full control of the roster so let’s see how he did in Denver. He used the 12th pick in the draft on a RB Knowshon Moreno; nicknamed in Denver as SLOWshon No-gain-o. He used a first round pick on Tim Tebow and traded for Brady Quinn. He used a second round pick on a 5’8” corner that was traded after one year for a low draft pick. McDaniels was fired after his second year with a 4-12 record. The entire NFC is hoping the Giants make McDaniels their HC and give him full control of personnel.

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